It was game night Thursday for Ada County Commission candidates, but Sharon Ullman–the only incumbent on the team–remained on the bench.
Residents in Northwest Boise held a candidate forum at River Glen Jr. High to discuss the issues surrounding the proposed Dynamis trash-to-energy project at the Ada County land fill.
Seven candidates discussed the issue while Commish Sharon Ullman refused to participate in the forum which was moderated by Dr. Jim Weatherby, a former political science prof at BSU. Ullman told the forum organizer she was “comfortable here” (in the back of the room with a laptop computer opened before her).
Weatherby, a veteran political forum moderator, told the GUARDIAN, “I have never seen anything like this. She shows up and then refused to participate.”
Of the seven who participated, all but one were opposed to the Dynamis project based on current information and urged that it should be delayed to allow more public input. Ada County, with the support of Ullman has already spent $2 million in public funds on the no-bid project.
—Jim Tibbs wants proof of financial security from Dynamis before proceeding.
—Brad Rowen said the project needs an independent environmental inspector.
—Steve Halvorson was the lone Dynamis advocate and said the firm “answered all my questions.”
—John Howard said there was no “hard science verifying it would work and we shouldn’t be Guinea pigs.”
—Dave Case said there was “too much secrecy” by Dynamis and the public was left out of the process. He chided Ullman for sitting out the session.
—Larry Rincover declared the project to be in trouble and said the firm’s PR was a “disaster.”
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